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Wounded veteran gets new home for holidays

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A new home for the holidays. This ceremony is to present a gift to army Specialist Justin Perez-Gorda and his family.

"I came here in the initial groundbreaking and then we came out here for the landscaping. I didn't see military. I saw community," said Soldier Southerland.

Thanks to Homes for our Troops, a national non-profit organization, and plenty of other corporate sponsors, Justin, his wife and their two daughters get to move into this custom home for free.

State Representative Jason Isaac, said, "We have a tradition at the Texas Capitol. We have an ornament that is created every year...I hope this is one of the first ornaments that you put up there."

This American flag was flown over the Capitol in his honor.

While serving in Afghanistan, Justin's vehicle hit an IED buried in the ground.

The blast caused traumatic brain injury and left him a paraplegic.

Justin said, "I think the house is amazing."

It's not just a new house, but one that's been customized especially for Justin.

"We have a huge walk-in shower and that's really nice, so I don't have to do much transferring and stuff. Everything is accessible," said Justin.

His wife, Josephine, said, "The girls had their own space, now they have it again because now we're out of an apartment and there is no carpet, so that's a major plus."

His new home is wide enough for him maneuver in and out of every room.

Before, he didn't fit into his daughters' bedrooms.

I asked Justin, "How does it make you feel to be able to provide this home for your girls?"

Justin answered, "Man..."

"It's going to take a lot of stress off of him," said his wife.

Justin said, "We look forward to enjoying our first Christmas."

Now this house is this family's home.

The joyful giving continues through the 21st, traveling to veterans in eight different states.

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